21 Jul 2017

Film: The Electric Fence

Find out more about the shocking LGBT hate crime that inspired this hi-tech art installation.

Bold and confrontational, The Electric Fence is an interactive art installation that’s making a big impact at Hull Minster.

Originally designed by artist Annabel McCourt as a response to LGBT hate crime – in particular, a shockingly homophobic speech by an American preacher – this piece is also about wider issues.

Annabel explains: “It’s about borders, barriers, we’ve got warning signs … is something being kept out? Is something being kept in? Is it something bigger than that? I see it as a powerful, macabre reminder of our own latent potential.”

Working with Hull firms Strata Group and Feonic, and using technology created by Interact and Connect, the result is an eerie, almost sinister experience, that allows visitors to “hear, feel and sense” the fence. The Electric Fence is part of the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, and runs until Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, until Saturday 30 September.

Visitors are invited to share their experiences of hate and hope in a guest book, some of which can be seen on the Electric Fence Facebook page.

Watch our film to find out more… the question is, dare you approach The Electric Fence?

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